Corporate legitimacy and advertising: British companies and the rhetoric of development in West Africa, 1950-1970

Stephanie Decker*

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Abstract

Development, modernity, and industrialization became dominant themes in corporate advertising in Africa in the 19503 and remained prevalent through the following two decades while many African nations were gaining independence. British businesses operating there created a publicity strategy that couched their presence in less developed countries in terms of a commitment and a positive contribution to the progress of the new states. Eventually, British companies tried to "Africanize" their corporate image through these campaigns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-86
Number of pages28
JournalBusiness History Review
Volume81
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007

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